Norfolk County Council leaders say they are “encouraged” by new league tables showing the improvement in education standards in the county.
The tables, published on Thursday, showed Norfolk had risen 19 places in the list of authorities based on the number of students achieving the government’s “gold standard” of five A* to C grades, including English and Maths.
The rise has been recorded despite criticism from some headteachers in the wake of the publication of the results in August that new rules had meant papers were marked more harshly than in previous years.
The county has also climbed by 25 and 18 places respectively in tables showing the proportions of children making expected progress in English and maths.
Council leader George Nobbs said: “These results show we are moving in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go before we achieve the excellence in education that I, and my colleagues, seek for Norfolk’s schoolchildren.”
James Joyce, chairman of the council’s children’s services committee, added: “These results tell us we are on the right road, and our schools have done well to achieve these outcomes in spite of a really difficult national climate. However, there must be no room for complacency.”